English for publishing
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
Semestrino IIA, Semestrino IIB
The module aims at introducing students to the diachronic development of the English language, with a focus on the transition from orality to the written page with reference to early modern print culture.
Programme: The module will follow the history of English with particular attention to linguistic variation in early modern texts. Linguistic instability in in-Quarto and in-Folio editions and its similarity with other text types (such as ballads and libels) will be taken as a case study in order to discuss the interaction between written and oral culture in the early print age.
1) Albert C. Baugh, Thomas Cable, A History of the English Language, London – New York, Routledge, 2012 (6th edition)
2) Neil Rhodes (ed.), The Renaissance Computer, London and New, York Routledge, (2000) 2005 (chapters: 1-4, pp. 1-56; chap. 6, pp. 93-102; chap. 12, pp. 181-193)
3) Lene B. Petersen, Shakespeare’s Errant Texts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (Part 1, pp. 3-143)
Supplementary readings for non-attending students:
Adam Fox, Oral and Literate Culture in England, 1500-1700, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003.
Teaching methods: Lectures will be held in English.
The exam will consist in an oral discussion in English of the module’s topics.